Non-job of the week in the media

December 16, 2010 5:27 PM

Two weeks ago, our non-job of the week was a Future Shape Programme  Manager in North-East Lincolnshire Council. This week the media caught up and it hit the headlines.  I have been interviewed for local radio and television in the BBC  Humberside area. The role has also been condemned by Martin Vickers, the  Conservative MP for Cleethorpes, who - until 18 months ago - served in  the council cabinet. Our website is regularly read by journalists  looking for a good story. If you have any suggestions, please keep them  coming, and your non-job could easily find itself in the headlines!

Unfortunately, there are still public sector jobs advertised with  inflated salaries. Take this one from North Somerset Council, looking for an 'Independent Chairperson' for the Safeguarding  Adults Partnership Board:

"The appointment is on a self-employed basis for an initial period of  two years. The position will then be reviewed in the light of changes in  national policy.

Remuneration is £500 per day plus expenses for up to 20 days per year.

The Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board meets quarterly as a minimum  and it is expected that the Chair will carry out other work relating to  the role e.g. training and meeting with partner agencies."

You can imagine the person who will fill the job. Someone from a  council background, who has already retired on a generous salary, and  fancies an extra £10K a year. At a time when North Somerset Council is  looking to save money, can it justify paying £500 a day for this job? No  it can't, but thankfully we are seeing less of these jobs advertised.

That is something we can be pleased about.Two weeks ago, our non-job of the week was a Future Shape Programme  Manager in North-East Lincolnshire Council. This week the media caught up and it hit the headlines.  I have been interviewed for local radio and television in the BBC  Humberside area. The role has also been condemned by Martin Vickers, the  Conservative MP for Cleethorpes, who - until 18 months ago - served in  the council cabinet. Our website is regularly read by journalists  looking for a good story. If you have any suggestions, please keep them  coming, and your non-job could easily find itself in the headlines!

Unfortunately, there are still public sector jobs advertised with  inflated salaries. Take this one from North Somerset Council, looking for an 'Independent Chairperson' for the Safeguarding  Adults Partnership Board:

"The appointment is on a self-employed basis for an initial period of  two years. The position will then be reviewed in the light of changes in  national policy.

Remuneration is £500 per day plus expenses for up to 20 days per year.

The Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board meets quarterly as a minimum  and it is expected that the Chair will carry out other work relating to  the role e.g. training and meeting with partner agencies."

You can imagine the person who will fill the job. Someone from a  council background, who has already retired on a generous salary, and  fancies an extra £10K a year. At a time when North Somerset Council is  looking to save money, can it justify paying £500 a day for this job? No  it can't, but thankfully we are seeing less of these jobs advertised.

That is something we can be pleased about.

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